Monday, August 26, 2013

Rest & Recovery & Exercise

I haven't posted in a while. Mainly due to not wanting to 'jinx' my training upramp. But enough time has gone by that I feel much better about being able to stick to training. The issues I've had with my hip/back and foot have decreased significantly.

For my foot, I've started wearing a Powerstep insole for my high arches. A Spenco ball of foot cushion that handles my mutant foot problem.  All of these things keep me quasi-mobile.

For my hip/back I've been working out at a place called 'Kosama' here in Va Beach.  It's a studio that holds classes similar to P90X or Insanity.  I think some of my longer term issues was my crappy posture, long times sitting at the computer and flying in airplanes.  This led to overall poor form and the fact that my core was neglected compounded the problems.

For last 4 months, I've been going to the various Kosama classes, KCore, Kbox (kick boxing) KCardio (cardio..) and have seen/felt a big difference.  Obviously the movement helps out and mixing it up helps me as well.  Each class has it's focus areas, but engaging the core has, I believe, really helped me.  I'm still working on the endurance, but the pain I'd felt in the hip/back/foot has really decreased.  My 'wind' is much better as well.

I ran my first 5 miler this weekend in years.  While not spectacular, it was notable for me in that I didn't get really winded and had no pain.  The back was a little stiff, but I AM 50, so some of that isn't surprising.  Hopefully, as I get into the longer runs again, the ol' body won't feel as beat up.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Goofy Marathoner: Companion Guide Release!

I've just released a more technical book that outlines Training Tips & Tricks I used for my 'Goofy Marathon Challenge'.

After a number of requests, I decided to follow up with this book.
It's available now on Amazon for a limited time at $0.99! beginning on July 28, 2013.

This book provides my Training Tips and Tricks I used to prepare to run 39.3 miles over the course of a weekend.

You do not need a Kindle device to read this book. You can download the free kindle software here:

I hope you’ll check it out

Sunday, March 10, 2013

#1 Book on Amazon.. Goof Off To Goofy Marathoner

Check out the video showing my book at #1 on Amazon!

Very exciting stuff!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Title and Cover!

And here's the cover and Title.  My new book, "Goof Off to Goofy Marathoner" will be published on 2/15/2013 exclusively on

This book tells the story of starting as a casual runner, to running my first race (a Marathon) and then the Goofy Challenge. As someone who's 'been there done that' and having the T-Shirt, runners of all ages and capability will find this story informational and entertaining.

The Goofy Challenge is an annual race where participants run a Half Marathon on Saturday and a Full Marathon the next day for a total of 39.3 Miles!

Remember, if you'd like to be notified when it is out, sign up here

Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Title for the new book

Hi folks!  The cover concept is out the door.
Partial Cover Art

I settled on Goof Off to Goofy Marathoner.
From a Casual Runner to Marathoner

I hope to have this up on Amazon by 2/15

Thanks for your great ideas!

Remember, if you'd like to be notified when it is out, sign up here

Monday, February 04, 2013

Crowdsourcing a Book Title

#Brainstorming time... I've finished a new book that talks about my journey to my first marathon, where I tanked, to the following year where I ran the 'Goofy Challenge' (1/2 marathon on Sat, Full on Sunday). It's not meant as a technical, how to, with training & mileage plans, but more of a story with some tips/tricks throughout. I'm stuck on a Title.

  1. "I ran a Marathon.... And You Can Too! A Personal story of a Casual Runner to Marathoner"
  2. "Couch Potato to Goofy Marathon Challenge: Why and How" 
  3. "Couch Potato to Goofy Marathon Challenge"

Please add a comment on your favorite.

Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 New Marathon Book

My second book is coming out on Amazon in the next few weeks.

It outlines my experiences in planning and training for my first Disney Marathon in 2005 and the follow up Goofy Challenge in 2006.

It's not a technical book full of training splits, pace charts and plans, but more of a hopefully informational and inspirational story.

If you're interested, let me know here and I'll email you the link when it's released!